England

 
  • Three Days in Oxford

    22 February '18 - Our days in the Cotswolds had come to an end, and the plan was to drive to Oxford for a few days before our flight back to Florida. Read the ...
  • A Collage of Cathedrals and Churches – 2017

    05 February '18 - Throughout our time in Europe, we often visit churches, not for religious purposes, but rather for the fascinating history and architecture, and as peaceful places for reflection. Read the full ...
  • A Rambling We Go

    19 November '17 - Once our plans to spend three months walking in the Cotswolds of England were finalized, we began our research about where to begin our explorations. In a word, it was ...
  • Stone Circles, Sticks, and Standing Stones

    26 October '17 - Stone circles and standing stones are enigmatic places, but likely served several different needs, from places of ceremony and worship to political or astronomical purposes. In any case they ...
  • The Cotswold Way – Selsley to Painswick

    06 October '17 - It was time to take a slightly more ambitious hike on the Cotswold Way as we had only been rambling about on shorter 4-7 mile walks. So we mapped out ...
  • “I think I see the boar running!”

    01 October '17 - We were on a 7-mile, non-hilly walk with the Stroud Rambling Club when Geoff spotted the boar, at least that is what I thought. I quickly scanned the cliffs on ...
  • Life in the Cotswolds – Festivals, a Supper, and a Circus

    12 September '17 - Of course this isn’t the first time we have spent time in a small English village. Last year we developed a love for taking the public footpaths on long walks ...
  • Cricket, the gentleman’s game

    07 September '17 - Cricket is a quintessential English game that, we are told, should be enjoyed on a pleasant summer’s afternoon, broken up by breaks for Earl Grey tea and cornered sandwiches … ...
  • Hamlets, Villages, and Towns

    31 August '17 - Hamlets, Villages, and Towns – what is the distinction between these settlement types. It seems contextually obvious that a hamlet is smaller than a town, but it is all somewhat ...
  • A long walk to visit the Queen of the Cotswolds

    27 August '17 - One of the primary reasons we came to this region of England was to walk, and we have been rambling about the countryside for many miles every day. Read the ...
  • Beauties and Beasts

    18 August '17 - Summertime in the English Cotswolds has been a feast for the eyes. The golden stone buildings, rolling hills, and the green pastures, fields, and woods are visually amazing. But … ...
  • A Dance, Some Church Bells, and a Butcher

    04 August '17 - Jeannie was especially excited to be visiting Cheltenham, as we hadn’t seen any dance in quite a long time. We didn’t really know much about the group, the venue, ...
  • Walking in the Cotswolds

    02 August '17 - Since we’ve been here, we have been walking, rambling, strolling, ambling, hiking, strolling, sauntering, trudging, plodding, dawdling; yes, we have been doing all of these things. We have also tromped, ...
  • Home … Again

    26 July '17 - It had been a good, brief visit to Bristol, but we were eager to get to our next home, in Selsley, a village of around 175 houses, a church and ...
  • Forward into the Past

    19 July '17 - It was about 20 years ago when we almost moved to England because of Jeannie’s work. She had traveled there regularly over the course of a year, and the opportunity ...
  • The Remains of the Stay

    26 July '16 - Our time in Lancashire is coming to an end, and we will miss this place. The walks, the people, the beer, the sheep … and, well OK, the weather … ...
  • The Short List

    22 July '16 - When we rented our car for the last three weeks of our time in Northern England, there were three places that we wanted to be sure to go. These were ...
  • Over Hills and Dales

    21 July '16 - In spite of the fact that we were in a small village, mostly without a car, there really was lots to do. Of course there was the walking, lots of ...
  • Finally

    16 July '16 - It was about 31 years ago when we made our first journey to England. … we planned to visit Stonehenge … then up through Wales on our way to the ...
  • Medieval Abbeys

    09 July '16 - It was the early 1500’s, and Henry VIII was not happy. Though he had inherited a significant amount of money from his father Henry VII, he had spent a great ...
  • Many Bridges to Cross

    04 July '16 - To cross a river or stream generally requires a bridge. In the past, a place to ford may have been used, but could be impractical during certain times of the ...
  • A Walk in the Shire

    01 July '16 - No orcs or hobbits, but lots of sheep and cows on a glorious day in the area that provided some of the inspiration for Tolkein’s trilogy of the Lord of ...
  • To York, To York

    30 June '16 - After having been without a car in a small village for three-weeks, we felt the need to go further afield. So, we went to Manchester, rented a car, and shortly ...
  • Baaaa

    17 June '16 - There are around 32.8 million sheep in the UK. Sheep are a part of life and a part of the landscape. … and, of course, one must watch where one ...
  • An Egg Hunt

    15 June '16 - We have been admirers of British sculptor, photographer and environmentalist Andy Goldsworthy’s work for many years. Of all the items we kept for our post-travel life, his art books were ...
  • Money Does Grow on Trees?

    04 June '16 - The first time we encountered a felled tree with coins hammered and bent into the wood, we assumed it was a one-of-a-kind find. Read the full post here ...
  • Styles of Stiles

    04 June '16 - For hundreds of years the country lanes, footpaths and tracks of England have been traversed by many a traveler. … Read the full post here ...
  • Life in a Small English Village

    01 June '16 - After two years of travel, living mostly in larger cities, our goal was to find a more rural location with opportunities to be out in nature. After our search settled ...